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Do Something: Help End Violence Against Women

This week, address environmental concerns in the Middle East, discuss feminism, help stop sexual violence against women, and learn about a new culture through film.

Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.

Debate Identity Politics

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It’s hard to open a newspaper, have a political conversation, take a class or view art without confronting the notion of identity politics in America today. Is that a good thing? Are differences between black and white, gay and straight, red and blue, more important than our commonalities? Is there a “right” way to think about America? Hear what political commentators Andrew Sullivan, contributor to New York and influential blogger, and Michael Arceneaux, culture writer for The Root and others, have to say about this. The conversation, hosted by the World Affairs Council, might not change your mind; but it will no doubt be lively. Monday, February 5, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, $30 for WAC members and $50 for non-membersSuzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S. Broad Street.

Combat Sexual Violence in Philadelphia

Woman Organized Against Rape, Philadelphia’s only full service rape center, is joining forces with InterACT Theatre to present a a sexual violence symposium this week. Nuala Cabral and Shea M. Rhodes from Temple University and Villanova University, respectively, will explain the relationship between street harassment and rape culture, as well as the relationship between sexual violence and human trafficking. The conversation will center on Philadelphia’s most vulnerable populations, tactics to end street harassment, and an understanding of what human trafficking looks like in this city. Tuesday, February 6, 2 pm- 5 pm, $10, InterAct Theatre Company, 302 South Hicks St. 

Fight Imperialism Through Feminism

Join Philly Socialists and Dr. Giusi Russo to discuss imperial feminism. A historian of gender and empires, Dr. Russo will present on imperial feminism and its presence in western culture and politics with an emphasis on the United States. Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm- 9 pm, Free, Jerry’s on Front, 2341 N. Front St. 

Kick off the Year of (saving) Water

The future of the world’s water sources is a huge and urgent environmental issue. So urgent, that by April 2018, Cape Town is predicted to become the first major city to run out of water. Currently, 85 percent of humanity lives in the driest half of the planet, and our abusive usage of water is causing rivers to become polluted or nonexistent. Simultaneously, climate change is causing droughts rises in sea levels and floods that are making water supplies dwindle. Join The Schuylkill Center to kick off their Year of Water programming. Architect José Almiñana, scientist David Arscott, utility expert Debra McCarty, artist Jame McCray, educator Aaliyah Green Ross and activist Maurice Sampson will share their thoughts on water and facilitate a town meeting. Thursday, February 8, 7 pm-9 pm, Free, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Rd. 

Help put an end to sexual assault

Approximately 42 million women in the United States have experienced domestic violence at some point of their lives; in particular, black women and women of color are at risk of intimate partner abuse. Join the Philadelphia Home School Council, the Philadelphia Writing Project, and the Mazzoni Center to find out the available service and programs in Philadelphia to combat domestic violence and sexual assault. Facilitator Mary May will explain how to identify the hidden signs of domestic violence around you and how to stay safe if you are a victim or survivor of domestic violence. Friday, February 9, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm, Free, School District of Philadelphia, 440 N Broad St.  

Raise Money for your Next Big Project

Do you have any ideas that you want to kick into gear, but no money to do so? Any fixes for Philadelphia problems but no one to fund them? Bring matters into your own hands by joining The Rotunda for their Fundraising Basics Workshop. The event will go over the language for fundraising, how to maximize opportunities beyond grants to support your projects, and how to brainstorm for actual fundraising ideas to do your good work. Saturday, February 10, 2 pm-4 pm, Free,The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. 

Share Poetry for Puerto Rico

At Voices In Power: A Poetry Open Mic Experience, you can always expect to hear some of Philly’s finest, most experimental, most sentimental, most rebellious verse—anything, really, that the impromptu crowd brings to the stage. On Sunday, the event is also a fundraiser for Viva Puerto Rico, which collects supplies and sends people to the hurricane-ravaged island to distribute them. You don’t have to be a poet to attend—though, if you are, you’re welcome to share your work. Or, come for the food, music, vendors—and to check out Taller Puertorriqueno‘s fabulous space at El Corazon. Sunday, February 11th, 6 pm-10 pm, $10 plus optional donation, 2600 North 5th Street.

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